Ravens LB Ray Lewis Says Wednesday That He Will Retire After 17 Seasons

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis told the media on Wednesday that he would retire after the season is over. Lewis, who is putting the wraps on his 17th season, said that he intends to play Sunday in the AFC Wild card game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing most of the season with a torn triceps.

“I talked to my team today,” Lewis said Wednesday, via the AP report. “I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.”

Lewis reportedly wants to spend more time with his family and watch his son Ray Lewis III play next year as a freshman at his alma mater, the University of Miami.

Lewis was the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl, and in 2003. He was also named the Super Bowl MVP in 2000. In addition to those honors Lewis was a 13-time Pro Bowler and a 7-time First-Team All-Pro.

Lewis played in 27 regular season games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and recorded 242 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in those games according to research. The Ravens were 12-15 in those games. In three playoff games against the Steelers Lewis had 28 total tackles and 3 forced fumbles, but the Ravens were 0-3 in those games.

Although Lewis was a player that many Steelers fans hated, he was a player that you always hated the Steelers to play against. He will easily be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer when eligible. If you are a true football fan you know that what Lewis accomplished for so many years is something that will be hard for others to duplicate.

Today we Steelers fans must put our differences aside and tip our hats to Lewis.

  • steeltown

    This really isnt news.. once he got injured this season I had a feeling it would be his last.. he was due to retire sooner or later. Played a long time and definitely one of the greats

  • RedCarpetDefense

    After his *cough* helmet-to-helmet hit *cough* on Hines Ward last year at Heinz Field. #86 was just never the same.

  • Dan

    A tipped hat indeed. I hate him but I respect him. Happy to see him leave our rival.

  • zyzak

    He’s lying, jsut to get his team juiced up I hope Luck detroys them

  • Tim Culligan

    if ray lewis were drafted a steeler we would’ve loved him. the guys a flat out animal. its nice to know he never had the privelage of beating the steelers in a playoff game

  • grw1960

    Ray will leave a big hole on the Ravens team , Just like whan Hine and Bettis left the Steelers.As a Steeler fan. I had more respect for him than any other Raven.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    “…what Lewis accomplished….something that will be hard for others to duplicate.” …..well, if you’re referring to stabbing someone (or, at a minimum,

    being an accessory to murder) and getting away scot-free then I would have to agree. Otherwise, I’d say it’s about time that the Ravens took the trash out.

  • I LOVED to hate him. Good to see him check out before his skills erode to the point that he actually CAN’T play at a pro level, instead of just no longer being able to play at a pro bowl level.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I would let him coach but put in his contract that he promises to never again cover up for more double murders.